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Sustainable Landcare Accreditation

2022 Training Open for Registration!

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Feb. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 and March 1, 3 6 – 9 p.m. (online)
Fri., Feb. 25; 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (in person at Phipps Special Events Hall)
Presented as a live webinar through Zoom with one day mandatory in-person training

Rate for Professional Landcare Providers: 
$350 on or before Jan 11, 2022 ($400 after)
(additional attendees from the same business receive a 50% discount) 

Reduced Rate for Environmental Nonprofits and Government and School Grounds Staff: 
$262.50 on or before Jan 11, 2022 ($312.50 after)

Register Today

Beautify Your Landscape with Phipps Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professionals

If you are a home or business owner looking for a professional to design, install or maintain your yard or landscape, consider a Phipps Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professional. You can have a beautiful garden that is healthy for you, your children, your pets and the environment.


Demand for Sustainable Landcare

To meet the increasing demand for sustainable land care, Phipps offers training for landscape and lawn care professionals who care about their work and know that a healthy and beautiful home landscape is directly related to human health and the health of our environment. The local landcare professionals listed below have attended an extensive course and have pledged to provide the standard of excellence that you expect from Phipps.


Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professionals

Cool Hand Carpentry and Landscaping
Service area: Edgewood, Swissvale, Regent Square, Squirrel Hill, Forest Hills and Point Breeze
412-398-7700
judodog@gmail.com
Accredited professional: Scott Fingal
Services: Organic lawn care, garden planning, design and installation
Specialties: Full-service landcare company with a specialty in preparing homes for sale; purpose-designed gardens (native, pollinator, bird and butterfly attractors); raised garden beds and other wood structures 


D.Ripp Gardens
Service area: Pittsburgh, with focus in the East End neighborhoods
608-235-4885
drippgardens@gmail.com
Accredited professional: Darin Ripp
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation, maintenance
Specialties: Edible and cut flower gardens; Garden editing and redesign with a focus on high-detail fine gardening and land stewardship; Education, garden coaching, and interactive side-by-side gardening with people of all ages and abilities.


Exceptional Gardens
Service area: Pittsburgh and surrounding areas
412-308-5530, (cell) 412-692-1548
Jaime.desensi@exceptionalgardens.net
Accredited professional: Jaime DeSensi
Services: Organic lawn care, consultation, garden planning and design, landscape architecture, installation, maintenance, hardscapes
Specialties: Full spectrum custom landscape design services; fall/winter lighting arrangements, wreaths, and holiday lighting services; landscape lighting design and installation services


Fourth River Workers Guild
Service area:  Pittsburgh and surrounding region
412-945-0269
mitch@fourthriver.coop
Accredited professional: Mitch Hall
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, landscape architecture, installation, maintenance, hardscapes
Specialties: Sustainable forestry and land stewardship; backyard wildlife habitat; wood fired ovens, barbecue pits and masonry heaters


Green Creations Landscape Services, LLC
Service area: Fox Chapel, Shadyside, North Hills, Mars, South Butler, Sewickley
412-256-8593
kosta@greencreationslandscape.com
Accredited professional: Kosta Bounos
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, landscape architecture, installation, maintenance, hardscapes
Specialties: Complete sustainable and traditional landscape services, creative solutions to landscape problems (raingardens, dry stream beds, vegetative berns and swales to direct runoff), estate gardening services


J.A. Rutter Co.
Service area: Eastern Suburbs
724-327-1101 X210
jmatkozich@jarutter.com
Accredited professional: Jayme Matkozich
Services: Landscape supplies
Specialties: Wood waste recycling (DEP Permitted), mulch manufacturer, soil/soil mix (rain garden, etc.) provider


Landscape & Garden Design by Gwen, LLC
Service area: Pittsburgh, South Hills, East Hills, North Hills, western Pittsburgh suburbs
412-527-5464
gwdesigns@verizon.net
Accredited professional: Gwen Wisniewski
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design
Specialties: Landscape and garden design plans for installation by homeowner or their landscaper; consults and plans for DIY projects; hourly consults for homeowners, commercial landscaper and nurseries; will work with your landscaper to design and implement designs; will assist in choosing landscape contractors


Local Roots Landscaping
Service area: Greater Pittsburgh Area
412-613-4051
412-245-7376
info@LocalRootsLandscaping.com
Accredited professionals: William Deemer, Matthew Huebner, Logan Booth
Services: Garden planning and design, landscape architecture, installation, maintenance and hardscapes
Specialties: Storm-water management/drainage; landscape design and installations; outdoor living spaces


Mayapple Ecological Gardening and Design
Service area: Pittsburgh and surrounding areas
847-971-4559
mayapplegardening@gmail.com 
Accredited professional: Meg Graham
Services: Garden planning and design, installation and maintenance
Specialties: Native plant and wildlife habitat creation, restoration, and preservation; educating and fostering a new generation of ecological gardeners and land stewards; helping home and land owners transition away from chemical-based and hazardous products and begin implementing sustainable landcare practices


Nurture the Nature Lawns & Landscapes
Service area: Eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, including Fox Chapel and Murrysville
724-635-5296
NurtureNatureLawns@gmail.com
Accredited professional: Mark Winski
Services: Organic lawn care, consultation, garden planning and design, installation, maintenance
Specialties: Lawn remediation and renovations (partial or complete); trained and certified in organic and sustainable best practices, including hand trimming, pruning, and weeding; PA DOA Certified Professional for the care of lawns, ornamentals and rainwater management solutions


Petrichor Gardens Pittsburgh
Service area:Pittsburgh and surrounding area
724-454-0907
CLWGardens@gmail.com
Accredited professional: Claire Ward
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation and maintenance
Specialties: Land stewardship, fine gardening, native landscapes and backyard wildlife habitat


Phyto Bello
Service area:Pittsburgh area
412-841-8610
phytobello@gmail.com
Accredited professional: Carya Cornell
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation, maintenance
Specialties: Native plants, pollinator habitats and habitat certification, education and events (including make your own seedball workshops)


Plant Geek
Service area: Allegheny and Westmoreland County
412-888-6170
Pghplantgeek@gmail.com
Accredited professional: Trey Marks
Services: Consultations, garden planning and design, installation, and maintenance
Specialties: Garden coaching, native plants, woodland/shade gardens, backyard habitats, raised beds, pollinator & bird friendly gardens.


Segelson's Daylillies LLC
Service area: Allegheny County, South Butler and Western Westmoreland
412-292-5387
segelsonsdaylilies@gmail.com
Accredited professional: Garrett Segelson
Services: Garden planning and design, installation and maintenance
Specialties: Organically grown daylilies


Stone | Grow
Service area: 60-mile radius of Pittsburgh
412-996-1011
suzpace@stonegrowpgh.com
Accredited professional: Suzanne Pace
Services: Garden planning and design, consultations, installation, and on-going maintenance 
Specialties: Historic dry stone wall design, repair and/or rebuild; full service landscape design, build and install; comprehensive organic fine gardening services 


Sundrop Design
Service area: Pittsburgh (Central, North, East), North Hills, Mars, Cranberry
ashley.sundropdesign@gmail.com
Accredited professional: Ashley Ressler
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation
Specialties: Design with a regenerative approach to the land; advocacy for soil and plant health; seasonal plant styling


Sunflower Valley Gardening & Design, LLC
Service area: Fox Chapel, Mars and Cranberry
724-768-7154
sunflowervalley@comcast.net
Accredited professional: Raechel Worry
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation, maintenance
Specialties: Proper pruning at the right time; right plant/right place; container gardens


TerraGreen
Service area: Pittsburgh, southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia
724-288-8503
bob@terragreencompany.com
Accredited professional: Robert Foster
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation, maintenance, hardscapes
Specialties: Complete range of landscape design through construction services; outdoor living features including landscape illumination; environmental solutions such as wildlife habitats, greenroof installation, rain gardens, as well as remediation/restoration and rainwater management


This Green City
Service area: Greater Pittsburgh, Ligonier 
412-445-5800
thisgreencitypgh@gmail.com
Accredited professionals: Sara Crawford, Jen Lazzaro
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation and maintenance
Specialties: Native plant design; permaculture design and implementation; riparian conservation


Touch of Green
Service area: Pittsburgh - East
412-596-5664
jess@touchofgreenpgh.com
Accredited professional: Jess Runco
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation and maintenance
Specialties: Native, pollinator and beautiful garden installation and maintenance; lawn alternatives and garden redesign; full service sustainable landscaping


The Village Gardener
Service area: Edgewood, Regent Square, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside and other East End neighborhoods
412-860-9700
jpkgo@verizon.net
Accredited professional: Jonathan King
Services: Consultation, garden planning and design, installation and maintenance
Specialties: Shade gardens; artful design of small, native and/or naturalized gardens and landscapes; skillful pruning of ornamental shrubs


Sustainable Landcare Accredited Advocates

Barbara Martin
Benjamin Chilcote
Edward Wrenn
Eric Sauers
James Hart
John Powell
Kathleen A. Hrabovsky
Randy Geyssens
Redding Jackson
Roma Wickersham
Todd Eckelberger

Allegheny GoatScape
Gavin Deming
Hillary Steffes

Nemacolin Woodlands
AJ Sheets
Jarica Pickens

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Abby Anderson
Jessica Horrenstein

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Angela Yuele
Jaci Bruschi
Maggie Herrick
Robin Eng

Rosemont College
Jeannette Dumas

University of Pittsburgh
Andy Moran

Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve
Jennifer Eppolito



Specialized Training

Phipps Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professionals are trained in soil ecology; site analysis and design; organic pest, weed and disease control; storm water management; native plants of Western Pennsylvania; invasive plants; and more. To learn more, see our complete Sustainable Landcare standards and curriculum.

Our Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professionals have a deep understanding of what makes a landscape both beautiful and sustainable, and will work with you to help you make the best decisions for your property. From soil testing to plant placement, our professionals have the hard skills and critical thinking to make sure you are satisfied with your landscape for years to come.

For even more resources on establishing a beautiful, healthy lawn, check out our Phipps Safe Lawn and Landscaping archives.

Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professional Resources

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